The internet offers various auction sites that allow you to hook up with buyers from across the world. There are also sites dedicated to helping you track down out-of-print books, deleted DVDs and even the concert tickets you want. And don't forget to visit PC Advisor Shopping to grab a technology bargain.

Bumblebee Auctions

One of the criticisms of online auction sites is you can't really be sure you're getting what you're bidding on until you get to open the mystery package that arrives. You might, however, trust the cops.

Bumblebee Auctions is the Police's disposal site for confiscated and recovered but unclaimed property.

If you've found that sitting at your PC at 8.50am with your mouse poised has still proved fruitless in the quest for gig tickets, Needtickets could be the answer.

It trawls multiple ticket websites, including Ticketmaster and, to find out which ticketing services have seats at your gig of choice. One click takes you through to the site and prices are always displayed to save any nasty shocks when you get your credit card out.

Vicpine Video Services

Specialising in rare or deleted DVDs not usually available in the UK, Vicpine claims to add three or more titles to its library a week. So whether you're looking for a musical with Danny Kaye, or made-for-TV movies with some of the small screen's greatest icons, it's sure to have what you're looking for.

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